Omicron in USA and Europe

 Europe and United States break Covid-19 records

Getting tested at a medical center in Copenhagen yesterday, Wednesday, 29 December 2021. (Pictured byCharlotte de la Fuente for The New York Times)

Across Europe and the U.S., records for new coronavirus infections are being set day after day, as the Omicron variant tears through populations with a swiftness outpacing anything witnessed over the past two years, The New York Times reported today.

The seven-day average of U.S. cases topped 267,000 on Tuesday, 28 December 2021, a record high. Britain, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy and Spain all set records for new daily case counts this week as well. For many countries, the wave is only starting to rise.

For the vaccinated, Omicron may be milder than previous variants, but the wave of new infections is causing chaos for hospitals, testing centers and businesses. Tests are increasingly hard to find, even in places like Britain where they were once in reliable supply.

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) warned that the circulation of the Delta variant and the rapid spread of Omicron could create a “tsunami” of infections that would overwhelm health care systems.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director general said: “Delta and Omicron are now twin threats driving up cases to record numbers, leading to spikes in hospitalization and deaths.”

In France, which set a record of 208,000 new cases on Wednesday, the most in any European country since the pandemic began, the health minister said the increase was “dizzying.” In the Washington, D.C., region, cases are skyrocketing.


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